Category Archives: Lace Class

A Primer on Charts

A couple of summers ago, I did a whole tutorial series on knitting Lace. Now that we have better video equipment, I've made a video to expand on some of the information I covered - specifically, how to read a chart. If you're new to lace or mystified by charts in general, this (twenty minute!) video takes you through everything you need to know to get going. It's not just lace specific, either - though lace comes with its own set of interesting features. Since the video is HD quality, you can watch it in fullscreen mode to get a high-quality closer look - and even pause and knit along if you'd like. Read more to see the video!

Read more »

Next Lace class is tomorrow! But in the meantime…

Your questions are answered! Tomorrow afternoon I'll be posting the videos for Demystifying Lace, class 2. This class will be all about how to prepare and handle the yarn, and it'll be in three segments. It's a long one this time! Before then, I wanted to go over some questions that have been in the comments. This class has had such a great response that I've been answering the questions in emails - if you asked a question on the last class post, check your email! I get pretty confused trying to read through a thread of comments that long to find answers, and I don't expect you to wade through either :) But, for the benefit of everyone here, these are some of the questions I recieved in the comments and my answers to them! Elenor asked:Q: I have a question about blocking. When you block an object and then wash it for the first time, do you have to block it on the blocking boards again or just spread it out to dry like normal?

Read more »

Demystifying Lace, Class 3: Gauge, Casting on, and the ‘Holey’ stitch

Hello again! In this installment of Demystifying Lace, I'll tell you why getting gauge isn't really all that important, basics of casting on for different types of lace, and give a quick primer on the holeyest of stitches, the yarn over! Click 'Read More..." to see the answers to some questions I got in last week's class comments. And now, on to this week's lengthy lessons, all four of them! Even though these videos are pretty long, I feel like I really only skimmed over the techniques - so if you have questions, ask away. :) On gauge [youtube:7kAMiuh8GJk]

Read more »

Demystifying Lace, Class 4: Follow your Chart!

Ever wondered what those weird symbols mean? Tried to make sense of all the grid lines? Welcome to the world of lace charts, which are a stitch-by-stitch representation of a knitted item! I’ll discuss how to read a chart, why they are set up in certain ways, and what that pesky ‘No Stitch’ designation really means. Unfortunately due to a hand injury, I couldn’t demonstrate any techniques in this lesson – so it’s all about charts! I will demonstrate lots of ...

Read more »

54405328b91daCharted
Demystifying Lace, Class 5 – Stitches!

Sorry for the delay for this class! We had some technical difficulties - ah, gotta love technology :) And now for some more info about the stitches. Here are some snapshots that will help closely illustrate some of the concepts I cover in the video - directional decreasing, yarnovers, and nupps vs. bobbles. Click to see the the videos and read more!

Read more »

Demystifying Lace, Class 6 – Blocking

So, you've knit some lace, and it looks like a big pile of holey cheese. Now what? Where's that gorgeous shawl pictured in the pattern photo? There's only one way to see the true beauty of what you've made. Block it! In this video, I go over all the tools you'll need for the job. I've also included our existing tutorial on blocking with Lace Blocking wires. I had planned on photographing the process as well this week, but time was not on my side! I will post some next week. Do you have any questions about blocking, or have blocking before-and after stories and photos to share? I'd love to hear from you! Now, without further ado, let me introduce you to the most fun and magical part of lace knitting.

Read more »

54405328a94f4Intro
Lace Class – starting July First!

Lace is one of those things that can be pretty intimidating. But it doesn’t have to be! Join me as we explore the wonderful world of lace yarn. Fabulously fine, lace yarns are a lot more versatile than you might think. Experiment with color, style and techniques, and learn that in the yarn world, ‘little’ goes a long way! This won’t be a typical “here’s a project we’ll work on together” type class. Instead, I’ll be going over things ...

Read more »

Demystifying Lace, Class 1 – What is Lace, anyway?

Welcome to the first lace class! In this introduction, I go over the very basics: what is lace, what is lace yarn, and how to select the right yarn for a project. A new video will be posted each Thursday. Next week: How to handle lace yarn – winding, storing, working with lace yarns, and more. I’m incorporating answers to your questions in each video – so keep asking!

Read more »